Stars assemble for the 2015 Dubai Tour with a lavish opening ceremony

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The 2015 Dubai Tour was officially opened last night with a glittering opening ceremony.

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) were among the 16 teams presented to spectators and luninaries including His Highness Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

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Also present was Argentine football ‘legend’ Diego Maradona. Maradona presented the podium prizes at last year’s race.

The 2015 Dubai Tour kicked off on Wednesday morning with a flat 145-kilometre stage from Dubai International Marine Club to Union House Flag. The race concludes on Saturday, February 7.